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‘People-friendly’ railway budget brings cheer
* Cut in passenger fare hailed 
*50 pc fare cut delights students
* Resentment over non-introduction of fresh train

Chandigarh, February 26
The railway budget presented this year has been hailed as a people friendly by city residents. It seems to have gone well with one and all. The city residents are, however, upset that they have been given no new train. The only train that has been added is the 4517/4518 Allahabad-Ambala Cantt. Unchahar Express will now be extended to the city.

MC clears Rs 454 cr Budget
Focus on roads, sewerage; 3 panels formed
Chandigarh, February 26
A politically divided House today cleared Budget estimates amounting to Rs 454 crore for this year, of which Rs 249 crore have been cleared under plan head, while Rs 204.69 crore have been cleared under the non-plan head.

School rubbing salt on wounds
Panchkula, February 26
She is on ventilator, struggling to breathe, combating infection and holding on to life. Six-year-old Aman Luthra, a student of the Sarthak Government School, Sector 12-A, continues to be critical even 20 days after the fire accident which landed her at the PGI. Her father Parminder Singh is distraught with the tragedy that has befallen his family even as he shuttles between medicine shops and the ICU. 

Murder: Son casts doubt over probe
Chandigarh, February 26
Is the Sundri Agnihotri murder case heading for nowhere? Colonel R.K. Agnihotri, a son of the victim, is alleging serious lapses in the probe, which has remained inconclusive even after 26 months of the crime. Superficial investigation, weak follow-up, mindless interrogation and absence of professional investigative acumen are some of the reasons for the probe hitting a roadblock, alleges Colonel Agnihotri.



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COMMUNITY

‘Union of regions may replace union of states’
Chandigarh, February 26
The emergence of a “union of regions” to replace the union of states in the country has been predicted by none other than social science academics. They are in the city from all over the country to participate in a two-day seminar organised by the Department of Political Science, Panjab University, on “Regions within Regions: Rethinking State Politics in India”.

A CUT ABOVE THE REST
First woman officer to replace aircraft engine at high altitude
Chandigarh, February 26
Battling freezing temperatures and logistical limitations at India’s forward-most airfield, women IAF officers have set another precedent. One of them now has the distinction of becoming the first woman officer to carry out an engine replacement on an aircraft in field conditions at high altitude. Flt Lt Poonam Verma, presently posted to 48 Squadron, a transport outfit based here, had carried out an engine change on an AN-32 turbo-prop aircraft at Thoise this winter. The exercise involved removing the unserviceable engine and replacing it with a new one, which had been airlifted from Chandigarh.





Flt Lt Poonam Verma along side an AN-32 aircraft at the Thoise airfield, north of Leh.
Flt Lt Poonam Verma along side an AN-32 aircraft at the Thoise airfield, north of Leh.

Recent snow good for region:BBMB chief
Chandigarh, February 26
Heavy snowfall during the past few weeks in the Himalayas has come as a God-sent gift for the people of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, said Bhakra-Beas Management Board(BBMB) chairman U.C. Misra in an interaction with The Tribune here today. He took over the organisation about a month ago.

Parking Blues
Where driving is an ordeal

Chandigarh, February 26
Driving down the road dividing sectors 19 and 27 is nothing less than an ordeal due to haphazard parking. Even though the issue has time and again been brought to the notice of the Chandigarh police and the municipal corporation by residents living in the vicinity, the problem continues to be remain parked since long.

The Connection with Women Power
Chandigarh, February 26
Dowry is the root cause of female foeticide. There is a need to eradicate this evil, apart from making women self-reliant and educating them. This was stated by Dr Ranjana Kumari, president of the Women Power Connection (WPC), a national-level organisation. It has constituted alert groups at village levels to nip the evil in the bud, she claimed.

Brahaspati samaroh concludes
Chandigarh, February 26
The three-day Chandigarh Sangeet Samaroh concluded with the vocal recital of Sulochana Brahaspati yesterday. The famous practitioner of Rampur Sadarang tradition, Brahaspati has mastery over several musical styles including thumri, dhrupad, khayal, dadra and tappa.

Library committee reconstituted
Chandigarh, February 26
The Chandigarh Administration has reconstituted the State Library Planning Committee of the Central TS Library, Sector 17, and the State Library, Sector 34, here.

Appointed
Chandigarh, February 26
The Chandigarh Administration has appointed the director, Social Welfare, as the nodal agent in order to coordinate the steps taken, collect details and give suitable directions in the matters relating to complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace in the union territory with immediate effect.

 
CRIME

Minor girl found abandoned
Chandigarh, February 26

Two-and-a-half-year-old girl was found abandoned in the Sector 16 General hospital this morning. Her condition was stated to be normal. The police said they received information at around 11:40 am by the hospital staff that a baby girl was found abandoned in the paediatric emergency.

A woman feeds the abandoned baby at the General Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
A woman feeds the abandoned baby at the General Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh

Clash in Sector 11; 10 boys held
Panchkula, February 26
Ten boys, mostly in their teens, were arrested for "committing an affray" when they disturbed the peace at a public place, here today. They were arrested following an "attempted" clash in the Sector-11 market outside a snooker joint. Two boys are still absconding and a police team has been formed to arrest them.

Expensive liquor overcomes thieves
Panchkula, February 26
A locked house must have beckoned thieves when they broke into house 137 of Sector 4, Mansa Devi Complex. Hoping to lay hands on a fortune, they broke open a window and the main door to gain entry into the house.




Col Surendra Rana inspects his belongings at his house in Sector 4, Panchkula, on Monday, after theft. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Col Surendra Rana inspects his belongings at his house in Sector 4, Panchkula, on Monday, after theft

 
EDUCATION

Ryan row: Class IX students demand transfer certificates
Chandigarh, February 26
Leaving nothing to chance, the parents’ delegation of Class IX students of Ryan International School, Sector 49, met the home secretary, Chandigarh Administration, Krishan Mohan today. They requested him to pass instructions to the department concerned so that their children could take the Class IX examination through some government school. For, they should also not pass through the hurdles faced by Class X students earlier.

Awareness drive on road safety
Chandigarh, February 26

The Chandigarh Traffic Police has imparted information about traffic rules and regulations to around 15,000 persons at the Children Traffic Park, Sector 23, till February 25.


Students of Ashmah International School hold placards during an awareness rally on traffic rules in Phase 7, Mohali, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu 
Students of Ashmah International School hold placards during an awareness rally on traffic rules in Phase 7, Mohali

Vocational contest
Chandigarh, February 26
Bhupinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh, both students of Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, jointly won the first place in Electrical Technology (trouble shooting) in a state level vocational competition held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, here.

From Colleges
B Com students bid farewell to seniors

Chandigarh, February 26
The Commerce Department of Government College for Girls Sector-11 organised a cultural programme to bid farewell to the outgoing students of BCom-III. College Principal Dr Upinder Mehra was the chief guest. She extended her best wishes to the students.

COURTS

7 designated senior advocates
Chandigarh, February 26
The full court of the Punjab and Haryana High Court is learnt to have cleared the names of seven advocates for designating them as senior advocates. This is the first time after a gap of over two and a half years that the high court has designated senior advocates. The last one to be designated was Justice P.S. Patwalia, who recently quit as high court judge to take up practice in the Supreme Court.

HC stays earlier order on home for destitute
Chandigarh, February 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the operation of the November 30, 2006, notice by which the management control of the home for old and destitute, Sector 15, was to revert to the Chandigarh Administration.

Advani gets breather

 
CULTURE

Problems of 50+ women highlighted
Chandigarh, February 26
The Studio Challenge, a cultural organisation, presented a play ‘Nazaria’ at the Tagore theatre here today. Written and directed by Ms Nimma G. Dandona, the play recovered some explosive truths regarding existential truths concerning human nature and relationships. The playwright borrowing the ingredients from the daily life of families belonging to higher stratum, sculpted the play in a lucid Hindustani replete with pragmatism.

HEALTH

Hand-held ultrasound system demonstrated
Chandigarh, February 26
The department of anaesthesia and intensive care, PGI, conducted a workshop on ultrasound guided nerve blocks and cannulation of blood vessels here today. Experts gave a live demonstration on the latest hand-carried ultrasound system introduced by SonoSite to anaesthetists and radiologists from the PGI and other health institutions of the city.

Pact for disease monitoring with private docs
Chandigarh, February 26
To strengthen surveillance activities in the city, the Indian Medical Association, state branch, Chandigarh, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UT health department, here today.

 
SPORTS

GGDSD College are inter-college champs
Chandigarh, February 26
GGDSD College, Sector 32, won the PU Inter-College Cricket (Men) A-Division tournament for 2006-07 at PU grounds, here, today. The teams of DAV College-10, PU Campus, Chandigarh and SCD Government College, Ludhiana, secured second, third and fourth positions, respectively.

AG cricket tourney
Haryana, Delhi enter semis

Chandigarh, February 26
An all-round performance by Parveen Sharma (22 n.o. and 4 for 24) helped AG Haryana beat AG Jammu and Kashmir by 40 runs to move into the semifinal of the North Zone Indian Audit and Accounts Department (IA&AD) cricket tournament being played at the Cricket Stadium in Sector 16 here today.

MCM DAV sportswomen get awards
Chandigarh, February 26
Amrita of BA-III was given the “Best Sportswoman” award, while Galnaz Banu of BA III got the “Most Consistent Performer” award during the annual sports prize distribution function of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, today.

ADMINISTRATION

Admn bans sale of exposed food items
Chandigarh, February 26
The Chandigarh Administration has banned the sale of all kinds of exposed eatables including sweets, cakes, biscuits, breads, parched grain of all kinds, dates and cut fruits.

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